The trail is smooth and wide with just a few steep pitches. Initially it's close to the road but after Little Waipa Reserve - a great spot for camping and boating - it's right beside the beautiful Lake Karapiro. You'll pass the Huihuitaha wetlands on a boadwalk half a kilometer long and see the old swingbridge and powerstation at Arapuni after just 11km.
Hostel style accommodation is available at Arapuni and there is a cafe but not much else.
Many people do the trail as an out-and-back ride from the north end. Usually they carry on past the Arapuni dam to Jones landing. That makes for a round trip of less than 40km.